Ryan Reynolds spent a good amount of time in Atlanta last year and some this year filming “The Change-Up.”
It wasn’t the greatest experience, he told Jay Leno on Monday night.
“I know you shot this movie down in Atlanta? That’s a fun town,” Leno said as he welcomed Reynolds to “The Tonight Show.” “You like Atlanta?
“It’s a beautiful, beautiful place, it’s a gorgeous place,” Reynolds answered. “But I was pretty convinced early on that Atlanta was trying to kill me.”
He then detailed a harrowing few months. On the first day of filming his trailer caught on fire.
“They had to find a replacement trailer,” Reynolds said. “One of the guys on ‘Fast and the Furious 5′ had had it. It was the most ostentatious, gigantic two story trailer. It looked like Donald Trump’s rolling fantasy mansion. I felt terrible going in and out of that thing every day. It just did not suit me.”
Two days later a pipe broke, flooding the tricked-out trailer. The next replacement, Reynolds said, “was a late 70s porn shack, which looked a lot like Larry Flynt’s rolling fantasy mansion.”
Then things really got bad.
“The following month it just sort of snowballed,” Reynolds said. “My hotel room flooded. My dog got sick. I came down with a slight case of divorce and I broke my pinky finger.”
He and actress Scarlett Johansson split while he was here.
“I was begging to get out of Atlanta that point,” Reynolds said. “No offense to Atlanta. It’s a fantastic place but it really wants my blood.”
Remember the ice storm that paralyzed Atlanta? Reynolds got caught in it.
“By the end, I was just about to get out of there and a freak ice storm hits,” he said. “I would have moonwalked home if they had let me.”
In brighter news, Reynolds seemed to enjoy his scenes with Olivia Wilde.
“We had a little sex scene,” he said. “It’s an R-rated movie. These things happen in rated-R movies. At some point I have to take her top off. She has these pasties on but she’s drawn these adorable little smiley faces on them. I forget every line in the scene. I’m nervous. I’m blithering on. My palms are sweaty. I’m trying not to look at her like a 14-year-old boy who just won the lady lottery.”
Leno lauded that line: lady lottery. Reynolds continued.
“At some point in the scene I have to take my hands away. I take my hands away and there’s two smiley faces! There’s a very fine line between chivalry and workplace sexual assault. Thank God somebody comes in with a towel and covers her up.”
The movie, co-starring Jason Bateman, comes out Friday.
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